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Catalyst Radio: ArtPrize's Critical Discourse to feature Susan Sollins of Art21

Critical Discourse, part of ArtPrize 2014, is bringing to Grand Rapids notables of the art world, including on Oct. 2 Susan Sollins of Art21 and the documentary series “Art in the 21st Century” that airs on PBS.
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Katharina Grosse, part of Critical Discourse dialogs, is pictured at work on "Just Two of Us."

Katharina Grosse, part of Critical Discourse dialogs, is pictured at work on "Just Two of Us." /Art21

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In this episode of Catalyst Radio we highlight an event within ArtPrize called Critical Discourse – amplified conversations around art, and why it matters.

Critical Discourse is bringing together experts in the fields of art, design, innovation, urbanism, social equity and technology.

Community Media Center and ArtPrize are partnering to bring to you a deeper exploration of these conversations, through our citizen journalism platform The Rapidian, television station GRTV and community radio station WYCE.

On Catalyst Radio, we are bringing you a preview of Critical Discourse talks being led by internationally-recognized experts here in Grand Rapids for ArtPrize 2014.

In week one of Critical Discourse’s speaker series conversations, Detroit-based art and architecture organization Design99, the winner of ArtPrize 2012’s Juried Grand Prize, will be exploring the role of art and design within the fabric of the community, in a conversation taking place on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Founders of Design99 Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope will be focusing the conversation on the creative strategies that artists are using to deal with urban blight and revitalizing communities.

Then on Thursday, Oct. 2, Susan Sollins, executive director of ART21, and executive producer of the film series that airs on PBS called “Art in the 21st Century,”  presents the world preview screening of Season 7 of “Art in the 21st Century.”

Sollins will be joined for Critical Discourse by two of the new season’s featured artists – Leonardo Drew and Katharina Grosse.

Today we spend the program with Susan Sollins.



Michigan made art featured in this episode comes in the form of music from Channing & Quinn. The song is “One Beat” from the release called Underneath This Big Striped Tent.

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